Photographer's Note

The broken tree covered by ice, after ice storm.
Freezing rain can happen anytime from fall to spring. It develops when snow falls through a layer of warm air, melts and turns to rain. The rain continues to fall and then passes through a layer of cold air. The cold air, in turn, cools the rain until its temperature falls below freezing. Oddly enough, the rain does not freeze. This is called supercooling. When these supercooled droplets hits the ground, wire or branches, it freezes instantly.
Freezing rain can cause power outages and millions of dollars of damage,
North America's worst ice storms are commonly associated with slow-moving low-pressure systems having very large temperature differences between colliding warm, moist Gulf air and very cold Arctic air in their northeastern sector. When these storm systems stall for an extended period over one region, heavy, accumulations of ice may blanket a region, causing much destruction. The great ice storm that hit New England and Quebec in 1998 is an extreme example of a stalled storm.
Canadians had never before endured a natural disaster like the ice storm of 1998. A difficult morning of car scraping quickly turned into a state of emergency from eastern Ontario to southern Quebec. Millions huddled in the dark by their fireplaces. Many suffered from hypothermia and carbon monoxide poisoning. Heavy ice sheets toppled huge power pylons and in just six days an electrical system that took decades to create was razed.

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